xTrain provides program directors, university administrators, and trainees the ability to electronically process and submit appointment forms and termination notices associated with institutional research training grants and career development awards. It is also used by Agency grants management staff to review and process the appointments and termination notices submitted electronically.

Commons Demo Site - If you need practice using xTrain or any of the functions in Commons, check out the Demo Site.

Please Note: When starting your terminations, a Concurrence Request must be sent to your URA Manager. One Concurrence form per grant is sufficient, with a list of all the Trainees who will be terminated attached. Download the Concurrence Request form here, and contact the AURA-Help@uchicago.edu listserv with any questions.


New NIH Stipend Rates - NIH announces new stipend rates effective with all Kirschstein-NRSA awards made on or after October 1, 2010.

Career Level Years of Experience Stipend for FY'11
Predoctoral All $21,600
Postdoctoral 0 $38,496
  1 $40,548
  2 $43,476
  3 $45,192
  4 $46,884
  5 $48,900
  6 $50,832
  7 or more $53,112

U-SHIP Insurance Rates - Below is the list of costs for 2011-12, most commonly used in the BSD graduate programs. New rates take effect 7/1/2011.

Scholastic residence (quarters 1-16) $13,870/qtr
Advanced residence (quarters 17 -120) $4,224/qtr
Non-degree visiting student $952/qtr
Pro forma registration (away from campus, more than 100 miles) $272/qtr
Student health insurance plan (U-SHIP), basic coverage        $822/qtr*
Health center fee $223/qtr~
Activity fee (paid by the student) $61

*student insurance is paid Aut, Wtr, Spr and includes coverage for Summer Quarter. Students who matriculate later than Aut are charged the insurance rate all quarters registered.

~all quarters registered regardless of insurance coverage, except for student in pro forma registration

NIMH R25 Awardees: Required Use of xTrain Commons Module for Appointments and Terminations (R25). For more information, read the NIH Notice.

Notice of Change in Policy on the Submission of Plans for Instruction in the Responsible Conduct of Research for Institutional Training Grant (T and D) Applications. For more information, read the NIH Notice.

NIH Will Require the Electronic Submission of Appointment Forms and Termination Notices via xTrain for Research Training, Fellowship, Education, and Career Awards Beginning January 2011. For more information, read the NIH Notice.